Kenya Airways has today increased its route offering by launching flights to Geneva (and Rome) - after flying already to Amsterdam, London and Paris. The introduction of these routes is part of Kenya Airways’ network expansion strategy steered towards growing its market share, increasing revenues and financial turnaround.
Sebastian Mikosz, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer said, "These new routes will play an important role in facilitating more business and tourism opportunities and strengthening Nairobi as the top business hub. With five European destinations and 55 worldwide from Nairobi, KQ offers Africa the best connectivity to the rest of the world and vice versa."
Geneva city is renowned as a global hub for diplomacy and banking as it hosts a number of international organisations in the world including the United Nations (UN). This complements Nairobi, which is Africa’s hub for the UN among other international agencies. The launch of this direct route completes the circuit across the UN Headquarters in New York – Nairobi –Geneva, making logistics and connectivity easier for travellers.
"Nairobi is in many ways the "think tank city" of the African continent with many NGOs and universities. Kenyan human rights NGOs will need just a few hours to be in Geneva and participate in sessions of the Human Rights Council. The same is true when it comes to humanitarian issues, trade, health and peace promotion. Geneva is the headquarters of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, and the World Health Organization. Therefore, I expect more conference tourism in Geneva and in Nairobi. I expect new partnerships and collaboration. I expect more trade and investment. I expect a bright bilateral future," Dr. Ralf Heckner, Swiss Ambassador to Kenya said.
Leisure and corporate travellers on the Geneva route will enjoy a range of new services including extra legroom, access to KQ’s business class lounges and an improved menu. KQ was voted Africa’s leading Airline, Business class, for the 6th time in a row and for the 2nd time as Africa’s leading airline, Economy class, in this year’s World Travel Awards. The airline will operate the new routes four times weekly using its flagship aircraft Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.